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KU Music Education

Music Education at the University of Kansas is recognized globally as among the finest music teacher-training and research programs. Steeped in tradition dating back to the 1930s, the program offers students comprehensive course of study, in band, orchestral, choral and general music education. With bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our faculty consists of experienced educators with expertise in music education research and practice. Drawing from their experience, the faculty mentor student through rigorous, coursework, clinics and field experiences. We invite you to experience music education at the University of Kansas and look forward to having you as a member of our community.

Music Education at KU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, as well as the Kansas State Department of Education.

The undergraduate program in music education is comprehensive, preparing all teachers in choral, general music, band, and orchestra areas to assume any kind of PreK-12 music teaching position. Our students take one general music methods course and have the option to take a second level; they also have two clinics in choral, orchestral, and band areas in which they conduct and rehearse these ensembles. In addition, they take a third clinic in the area of their choice. Our students are well equipped to assume teaching positions, getting excellent jobs in schools both in Kansas and across the country.

The masters in music education offers students opportunities to fortify their teaching and conducting, learn enhanced research skills, and gain a larger understanding of philosophy, pedagogy, methods, and leadership along with selected areas of study the student chooses. Since each student and his/her advisor plans the degree program, each degree is personalized and designed to enhance particular knowledge and skills.

The doctor of philosophy degree is designed to prepare students to assume university teaching positions with skills in methods and pedagogy for teaching and advanced research skills for conducting investigations pertinent to the field and disseminated through professional presentations and publications. Students and their advisory committee plan their individual programs to tailor their needs for a major in music education and a minor area to complement the major.

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The School of Music tracks post-graduation plans for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.

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